Hinchcliffe on front row on Long Beach

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe poses for a photo in downtown Toronto, Ont., on October 9, 2013....

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe poses for a photo in downtown Toronto, Ont., on October 9, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

Canada's James Hinchcliffe was the victim of some unfortunate mechanical problems at the Verizon IndyCar Series 2014 season opening race at St. Petersburg in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, but he will start on the front row on Sunday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hinchcliffe finished second in the Fast Six qualifying round with a lap of one minute, 7.940 seconds in the No. 27 AA DW12 Honda.

His teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay will start beside him on the pole with a fast lap of 1:07.821.

Hinchcliffe expects he can use the qualifying as momentum on Sunday afternoon to get a top result.

He has a podium finish on his resume at the 11-turn, 3.167-km temporary street circuit in 2012, giving him added confidence he can bounce back from the mess at St. Petersburg.

Of his three IndyCar wins last season, two of them were on street courses so he knows what he is doing.


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